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Old 01-20-2010, 07:55 PM   #21
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I sell concrete and zylene is great for cleaning off wet and dry concrete. It is also poison and a carcinogen
Xylene is also the solvent used in some markers. If you sniff it it makes you feel all woozy.

I soak my bottles in oxyclean and hot water for a few hours and the lables fall right off.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:08 AM   #22
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I've been using a water and baking soda solution recently to remove labels with great success. However, I was just reading through Korzonas' Homebrewing Volume I and he mentions that soaking bottles in washing soda more than a couple of hours will leave a carbonate residue on bottles that can only be removed with a weak acid. Given their similar chemical structures, do you all think that baking soda can do this as well?

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I use a large cooler called "the cube" and i fill it with either ammonia and water or oxyclean and water and soak the bottles for a few days. Most labels fall off without leaving any glue residue on the bottles at all.

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:01 AM   #24
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hmmm... where could I find a weak acid solution...

Do you by chance use star-san to sanitize?

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Guys, xylene starts with an "X". (Yes, it's pronounced zylene).
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and using Xylene without proper ventilation will knock you on your a$$. it's one of the active ingerdients in goof off (which would probably also work wonders, but, again, is very nasty)

oxyclean and patience are all i need.
and if a label doesn't want to come off (like some Rogue labels) i recycle it, and go buy more beer!
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but I've been using a water and baking soda solution recently to remove labels with great success. However, I was just reading through Korzonas' Homebrewing Volume I and he mentions that soaking bottles in washing soda more than a couple of hours will leave a carbonate residue on bottles that can only be removed with a weak acid. Given their similar chemical structures, do you all think that baking soda can do this as well?
I use a solution of 1 oz. Clorox and 1 oz. white vinegar in 5 gal cool water after cleaning / soaking anything (carboys, bottles, fermenting pails) with Oxyclean. The Oxy tends to leave a deposit like you mention and the weak acid gets rid of it nicely. If you mix some of this up, be sure you do not mix the Clorox and vinegar directly in any way. Pour one into the water, wash your measuring container out, then pour the other into the water.
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Do you realy want green bottles though? Unless you keep it in the dark theres not much point. IMO.
Thats why I only drink the GOOD Heineken... Heineken Dark
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I am gonna try the baking soda method for heineken bottles. I have not had any luck removing them so far with PBW. Will try oxyclean also, but figured it was similar to PBW.

Anyone else have any input? xylene is an absolute no. I plan on using the heineken bottles for meads to keep them separate from my regular beer bottles. I have removed the actual labels, and now it's just removing the gunk. My neighbor gives me his bottles when he is done with them, so I am looking to make it efficient.

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Old 10-04-2012, 12:51 PM   #29
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Oxyclean all the way. I soak them overnight and the labels float off and the glue is completely dissolved. Some of the Southern Tier labels don't seem to use a cheap glue. For instance, their Pumking labels I have to use acetone to get the glue off after removing the plastic label. Not a huge deal.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #30
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I've had good luck with Oxyclean. I good hot water soak in general does wonders.

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